it's somewhat stunning that we don't learn from :
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United States support for Iraq during the Iran
we pick a side, and then we have to go to war against them in 20 years or less pretty much every single time.
don't get me wrong; i think what has happened in Syria is horrible. however, the nations in the immediate vicinity need to step up and take action, not a completely different culture from across the globe. we allow these nations to abdicate their regional responsibilities.
Had we not fueled the fire that was the Iran-Iraq war, Desert Storm might have been way more challenging than it was. Iraq lost it's best and brightest during the war.
If we can help the rebels kill government supporters and in turn the government kills more webels, then I would say that this might have a positive outcome. If we embolden the webels to engage government forces, then more webels will die.
But. Let's address your point. The AA gun in question has a max effective range of 2 miles. That is a long way off. Would be effective against slow moving helicopters and planes.
The United States could send an unmanned predator drone which can carry 2 hellfire missiles. Those have max effective range of...5 miles. It can also carry griffin air to surface missiles which have a maximum effective range of about 12.5 miles. I've never been good at math, but I do know that 5>2 and 12.5>2.
Do you understand the American arsenal of aircraft? A few trailer Pulled AA guns won't be something to worry about. RPGs and HMGs (heavy machine guns...easily available to anyone who knows where to find a black market) fired at helicopters are a much bigger deal. Heck more of our aircraft have been lost due to failures in the aircraft or pilot error. That is for helicopters. In Iraq we lost more fixed wing aircraft to friendly fire than enemy fire.
We have designed our aircraft to deal with AA fire. Stinger missiles are a scary thing. But most ground based weapons are not effective enough to deal with U.S. aircraft (fixed wing). Helicopters will obviously be in danger, but no more danger than they would be from RPGs and machine guns.
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Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?